In addition to core subjects such as mathematics, science, and social studies, Immanuel Lutheran School offers instruction in Bible, technology, music, art, physical education, and library courses for all elementary school students. Students are also engaged in reading, writing, spelling, and grammar skills on a daily basis.
Immanuel has a multi-grade classroom format. Multi-level classrooms have many benefits both socially and academically. Socially, younger children will look to older students for guidance while the older students organically learn about mentoring, leadership, and collaboration. In addition, students in a multi-grade classroom tend to be less competitive with one another and more cooperative in their learning and behaviors. Academically, this structure allows students to excel while learning at their developmental level.
Using differentiated instruction, teachers design whole and small group activities to address varying student strengths, needs, and interests while meeting state standards of education for each grade level. In our classrooms, the main focus continues to be the learning needs of all students. Our classrooms are grouped as follows: Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd & 3rd grade (combined), 4th & 5th grade (combined), and 6th–8th grade (combined).
•. Comprehensive phonics program
• Explore the writing process through various genres
• Small group discussion, creative playtime, art, PE, and show and share are utilized to enhance learning
• 100th Day of School, Dr. Seuss Week, and Polar Express Day activities
• Variety of activities utilized to learn math, science, social studies, language arts, and religion
•. Building knowledge of basic Bible stories and recognizing Jesus’ love for each student (John 3:16)
• Major emphasis placed on skill development and independence in core areas of reading, phonics, writing, and math
• Develop a report about our community and great community helpers
• Practice becoming "scientists" by using the five senses, inquiry skills, and many other tools
• Explore animals, plants, and habitats
• Weekly classes in music, art, physical education, and beginning computer skills
•. Growth in knowing who Jesus is and how much He loves all people (1 John 4:10)
• Introduction of algebraic terms
• Step Up To Writing implemented to produce proficient readers and writers
• Explore botany, ecology, and the solar system
• Study how America gained freedom from England and what life was like for the Pilgrims
• Learn how to use faith in everyday interactions with friends and family (Matthew 5:16)
• Differentiated and adaptive approaches to math and reading
• Investigate communities and consider how that helps shape identity and creates an appreciation of the world around us
• Conduct hands-on and interactive science experiments
• Grow in academics and in faith – strengthen our witness to be in the world but not of the world (John 17:16) as we share Jesus with others
• Study poetry and create a book of original poems
• Online science labs and hands-on science activities
• Emphasize transition from “learning to read” to “reading to learn”
• Collaboration, communication, and critical thinking skills are deepened
• Beginning use of Chromebooks for research, extended learning, writing papers, collaborating on projects, and creating presentations
•. Strengthening personal faith and increased focus on sharing what we believe (Matt. 28:18-20)
• Learn about American history through building a three-dimensional model of a colonial township
• Prepare for middle school by focusing on organizational skills such as using a planner, and balancing family life, school, and extracurricular activities
• Work toward positive problem solving skills and communication with peers
•. Increased use of Chromebooks for research, extended learning, and skills needed for successful transitioning to middle school
•. Building on our faith background to be able to stand firm in the world (Philippians 4:1)
Living Out Our Faith
All students participate in weekly chapel and are grouped into mixed-age chapel families. Our middle school students each have a chapel buddy in the preschool and kindergarten classes. They build relationships with one another as the middle schoolers escort their buddy to the weekly chapel service, do projects together, and read together. Offerings are given to a selected monthly chapel project and have included Nation-to-Nation Ministries, Life Choices Pregnancy Center, House of Neighborly Service, ILC Pastor's Pantry, and Samaritan's Purse.
Often our students create and write “Heart Warmer” cards for those serving in the military. They also write cards for congregation members to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries, offer encouragement, send get well wishes, or acknowledge special services to our school with a thank you.
At Christmas time, many classes collect gifts for needy, Loveland-area families. Our church and school prepares shoe boxes for children around the world though Operation Christmas Child. We also participate in an all-school Service Learning event at the House of Neighborly Service in December.